David died on 23 September 2005, aged 73.

Tpr DE Harris
Tpr DE Harris

He enlisted at Heston on 30 January 1950. After training with the 12th Lancers at Barnard Castle, he was posted to the RAC Depot, where other 8th Hussars were awaiting their chance to join the Regiment in Korea.

In April 1951 he completed a Driver AFV course at 66 Training Regiment. He sailed for Korea on 12 July 1971, arriving on 14 August 1951 in Kure. He joined the 8th Hussars in Korea on 25 August 1951.

He left Korea on MV Gorgic with the rest of the Regiment on 15 December 1951, arriving at Liverpool on 15 January 1952.

After leave, he rejoined the Regiment in Lüneburg in March 1952. He spent three weeks in hospital in August/September 1952 and was promoted to lance corporal in November 1952. Unfortunately, he got into a spot of bother, involving a truck, a café in Lüneburg and an unforgiving NCO, causing him to be reverted to Trooper.

He was appointed LULC in April 1954 but lost it in June.

He left Lüneburg for release on 19 December 1954 and was posted to the RAC Depot. He was released on 2 February 1955 and then spent seven years on the Reserve, On release he worked for the London Ambulance Service, then for the Bullion Brokers Moccata and Goldsmid for 33 years, finishing up as head of security.

He married Wendy on 6 September 1958. Dawn was born on 2 February 1960, Mark on 15 July 1963 and Jilly on 31 January 1971.

He and Wendy attended the 8th Hussars’ Reunions in York in 2000 and 2001. He was a member of the British Korean Veterans’ Association for many years, and they provided a guard of honour for his funeral, together with Last Post and Reveille. He rejoined the Regimental Association in 1990.

Related topics

  1. A short history of The 8th Hussars
  2. Korea 1950-51